I think it is really admirable that many pet owners will adopt from shelters and rescues, thereby giving that lucky dog or cat a whole new life. Those new pet owners have made an emotional as well as financial investment in their new family members. Besides behavioral issues, many dogs may have found their way into shelters because former pet owners could not afford the treatment and care for orthopedic issues. There are also dogs that have been lost or abandoned for some time, and as a result of being on the streets, may have suffered injuries that have not healed correctly. That is why I wanted to share the story of Tommy Boy, a gorgeous Golden Retriever rescue in the loving care of his foster mom Sarah through the SCGRR, Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. Tommy ended up in a shelter and was originally misdiagnosed with bone cancer. He was taken to a foster home to die in a better setting. Follow up x-rays and then ultimately an MRI confirmed that Tommy didn’t have cancer but he had a horrible broken pelvis. Tommy’s veterinarian suggested stem cell therapy to see if an amputation of his rear leg could be avoided. The rescue then raised the funds for the surgery and Vet-Stem reduced the cost of the stem cell processing and a year later Tommy’s radiographs continue to show improvement. We wish Tommy and all the rescues out there that help special patients like Tommy a very Happy 2010!
click here to read Tommy Boy’s whole story.